Something

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! No matter what’s going on in my life… whether it be good… bad… or mediocre… whenever I listen to The Beatles it ALWAYS connects to my soul, opens my heart, and broadens my mind. It’s nearly impossible for me to pick just one favourite song of theirs, but “Something” is definitely up there. Hoping wherever you are in life, this song strikes a chord in you.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 6, 1969

TRIVIA: “Something” was the first Harrison composition released as a Beatles A-side and the only Harrison composition to top the US charts before the Beatles’ breakup.

It has been covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after “Yesterday”. Artists who have covered it include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, James Brown, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Smokey Robinson, Ike & Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Isaac Hayes, Julio Iglesias and Neil Diamond. Harrison said his favourite version of the song was James Brown’s, which he kept in his personal jukebox.

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Shiny Happy People

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!!! With today being the official first day of Spring, I’m tuning it back to 1991 with something shiny… and something happy… “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.. Enjoy!!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 6, 1991 (UK), Sept 3, 1991 (US)

TRIVIA: The song features guest vocals by Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, who also appears in the song’s music video.

It was originally used in the unaired pilot as the theme tune for the sitcom known then as Friends Like Us (which went on to be known as the very popular Friends).

Despite the song’s success, band members were ambivalent about being known for a pop song that lacked gravitas. “It’s a fruity pop song written for children. It just is what it is,” Michael Stipe told the BBC’s Andrew Marr in 2016. “If there was one song that was sent into outer space to represent R.E.M. for the rest of time, I would not want it to be Shiny Happy People”.

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Tubthumping

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1997 with “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1997

TRIVIA: Vocalist Dunstan Bruce retrospectively observed that, before the group wrote the song, they “were in a mess: we had become directionless and disparate”. He credited “Tubthumping” with changing that, telling the Guardian that “It’s not our most political or best song, but it brought us back together. The song is about us – as a class and as a band. The beauty of it was we had no idea how big it would be.”

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Karma Chameleon

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1983 with “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 1983

TRIVIA: In an interview, Culture Club frontman Boy George explained: “The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It’s about trying to suck up to everybody. Basically, if you aren’t true, if you don’t act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that’s nature’s way of paying you back.”

The song was originally to be called “Cameo Chameleon”; the band was recorded in interviews in mid-1983 stating this was to be the title of their next single.

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